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Photos: Underoath @ Pop’s

Supporting A Day To Remember, Underoath delivered their signature ferocity on stage at Pop’s to a feverish, soldout crowd of 1,700+.

Photographer’s Notes:

Having photographed Underoath on multiple occasions since they were on Mayhem Fest 2008, I was eager to see these guys bring the crushing metalcore yet again.

This is probably one of the more difficult shows I’ve photographed. As everyone knows, Underoath love to use strobes and other very short duration lighting effects, which create a very dramatic. From the crowd, what this creates is a hugely intense atmosphere.

In the photo pit, however, it’s more like a warzone. The core shooting notes from Underoath on the Cool Tour earlier this year hold true:

Just a huge amount of action on stage with strobe lights and other short-duration lighting effects (flare-ups) in effect for the band’s show. All in all, the lighting wasn’t the most challenging aspect, but more-so its effect on the ability to auto-focus. Even the Nikon D3 and Nikon D700, not to mention my own reflexes, were pushed to the limit with the shooting conditions.

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For any music photographer shooting Underoath, the best advice I can give you is to watch for the timing of lights and to try anticipate the lighting flare-ups. These moments of more consistent lighting often occur during crescendos and at the end of songs.

You can also see images more coverage of Underoath here:

Underoath, The Cool Tour 2010

Photos of Christian metalcore band Underoath performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on July 25, 2010 on "The Cool Tour." (© Todd Owyoung)

Portraits: Underoath, The Cool Tour 2010

Underoath @ Pops 2008:

Metalcore band Underoath performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on November 2, 2008. (Todd Owyoung/© Todd Owyoung)

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  1. Ben

    Damn dude, you did much better shooting them than i did (www.flickr.com/photos/biggyben)! Lighting design was a photographers nightmare!

    • Todd

      And I thought Underoath’s lighting on The Cool Tour’s lighting was tough.

      However, to their credit, the song limit for this show is the first four, not only three. And every single one of those songs is needed.

      Still, I do love shooting Underoath. Rest assured, I will be back for more.

  2. david

    Please Dont’ take offense, but sometimes it’s really nice to see guys like you (the best in the biz) struggle with a show
    ..to me, it just means your actually human and not a superhuman photographic cyborg as I always thought… :-)
    .. not that I could’ve done any better. I struggle with every single show I cover.

    ..again no offense intended, your level of work is still the type I strive for.

    • Todd

      Hey David,

      No offense taken. A show like this, where the band is essentially playing in the dark and thrashing around, is enough to test anyone. I’m certainly human.

  3. Paige K. Parsons

    The poses and moments are all there. Decent lighting from the band/venue is the missing ingredient. So frustrating as a photog to have to shoot this way.

    Would love to see some EXIF or a few shooting notes to know exactly what lighting you were dealing with 3200? 6400? how slow did you have to go? Also a link to another show at Pops to compare. I’ll bet given all of the lemons above you made some pretty tasty lemonade.

    • Todd

      Hey Paige,

      Nice to hear from you here, thanks for the comment. I was shooting between ISO 1600 and 3200, at f/2.8 and a range of shutter speeds.

      However, I almost want to say that it doesn’t matte what shutter speeds you use for this show, because the lighting changes so quickly even from frame to frame.

      Just to give you an idea of how tricky this show was, I actually switched to aperture priority for a hot second before I was reminded how poorly multi-segment/matrix metering does at shows.


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